Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

Overview: On Jan. 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a French police officer. Amidst a massive manhunt for the killers, an additional five people were murdered and 11 wounded in related attacks over the next two days, including a harrowing standoff between police and a third gunman, claiming allegiance to ISIS, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in Paris. Drawing on exclusive access to hostages, survivors, police, paramilitary forces and intelligence findings and evidence, as well as...

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2016. As of this posting we have already reviewed two of them: MEET THE DONORS? DOES MONEY TALK? which debuted 08.01.16 and HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT from 08.08.16. Some of the titles below reflect a jostling in the schedule. Some titles originally slated for the first half of the year have since been held until this latter half. At least we get them all in before the end of year as well as our reviews. Here is a look now of the slated documentaries for the remainder of 2016:   THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS (debuting...

HBO Documentary Films: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

HBO Documentary Films: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Overview: In 1962, French New Wave auteur François Truffaut, aided by translator Helen Scott, spent a week in Hollywood with his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, discussing the director’s rich and extensive body of work, including Psycho and Vertigo. The resulting 1966 book of interviews, Hitchcock, became a celebrated bible of cinema for generations of filmmakers. Fifty years after its publication, Hitchcock/Truffaut brings this historic summit to life by combining rare original audio recordings and behind-the-scenes photos from the historic exchange. The film offers an eye-opening study of Hitchcock’s enduring genius and legacy, as the two men...

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

Overview: In MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK? intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Emmy-winning JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE) takes viewers behind the scenes at top-dollar fundraisers and chats with dozens of ultra-rich mega-donors from both political parties to find out why they are pouring millions into the election. Armed with her hand-held camera and a sense of humor, Alexandra Pelosi gains exclusive access to the donor class, and offers a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and political. Starting in New York City, arguably home to the most mega-donors and canapé-infused fundraisers, she drops into corner offices and cocktail...

HBO Documentary Films: OPEN YOUR EYES

HBO Documentary Films: OPEN YOUR EYES

Overview: Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s THE FINAL INCH), this documentary follows Manisara and Durga, an aging couple from the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, as they embark on a transformative odyssey to regain the sight they lost over the years by undergoing a life-changing procedure. In remote Nepal, many hillside farmers’ eyes slowly turn milky white as they lose their eyesight from exposure to a lifetime of harsh sun. A team of resourceful Nepali eye specialists combing the area finds Manisara and Durga, who have been married 50 years, and urges them to come to a distant city for a chance to see again. But Manisara is...

HBO Documentary Films: HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE

HBO Documentary Films: HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE

Overview: Having exposed the risks posed by natural gas drilling, known as fracking, in the documentaries “Gasland” and “Gasland Part II,” Josh Fox was struck by a sobering thought: “We could beat the fossil-fuel industry, but we still might lose everything we love to climate change.” Now, in this documentary he surveys the damage from possibly the greatest threat the world has ever faced, but also finds reasons for hope. It is all about showing how people around the world are taking action to protect their communities. With his trademark humor, banjo in hand and signature investigative style, Fox travels to 12 countries on six...

HBO Documentary Films: SUITED

HBO Documentary Films: SUITED

Overview: It can be hard to feel comfortable in your own skin if you identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. The Brooklyn tailoring company Bindle & Keep helps by creating custom suits for a diverse LGBTQ community, looking beyond the gender binary. “It’s all about just feeling great in your body, especially when people have been struggling their entire lives,” explains founder Daniel Friedman. From producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (HBO’s “GIRLS), SUITED tells the story of clothier duo Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman, who take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative as...

HBO Documentary Films: CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH

HBO Documentary Films: CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH

Overview: In 1973, Claude Lanzmann began work on a documentary about the murder of European Jews during WWII. Twelve years and more than 200 hours of footage later, he finished Shoah, a masterpiece widely considered to be the most important Holocaust film ever made. Written and directed by Adam Benzine, this first major documentary about Lanzmann recounts his journey from the bright-eyed journalist of 1973 to the world-weary auteur of 1985. The film features intense conversations in which he speaks candidly about his life experiences, focusing on the making of his magnum opus, an ordeal that changed him forever. Expectations: I have watched...

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